Kiril Ivanov is doing a crazy job with After Effects ! He did create some really nice animated character using some really nice rig and stuff.
And he decide to use ft-Toolbar in his workflow to be able to animate and set his rig faster. And he also had the idea of multi-toolbar which now is fully supported in version 1.27. Checkout his video :
It has been for a while now, but I haven’t made an official announcement about it until now. So in case you haven’t notice yet, most of my Pixel Bender filter for After Effects are available on Lloyd Alvarez’s website which is called AEScripts.com. (But There are still all open source and you can name your own price 😉 )
AEScript is a great place to find many different kind of scripts or filters which can make your life easier on a every day basis. I would encourage you to go through all the scripts & filters list to see what exists. Because you might not need all them right now, but most of it have been made to solve problem people encounter with AE, so being aware that a script exists somewhere in case one day you have an issue with After Effect is a great knowledge for a user 🙂
As for today several filters and one script which I made are available there, but again check all the other ones as well, there are all incredible!
ft-Toolbar : create your own tool bar to apply Effects, presets, scripts, … in ONE click !
ft-CombineRGBA : let you swap channels or combine them from two different sources in 32bpc
ft-Cubic Lens Distortion : (un)distort your footage with a lot of accuracy using Syntheyes algorithm. Add or erase Chromatic Aberration as well
ft-Brightness Check : show you if pixels are too bright or dark in your comp, great to check if it “Broadcast-safe”
This script gives the ability to make your own custom toolbar with Effects, presets or any commands you use the most often.This script gives the ability to make your own custom toolbar with Effects, presets or any commands you use the most often.
Toolbar’s features :
* Edit UI : add, delete, order, config buttons of your toolbar.
* 5 kind of buttons:
EFFECT : set the name of the effect you want to use (See usage details below).
ANIMATION PRESET : select an animation preset file (ffx) to apply.
SCRIPT LAUNCHER : select an script file (.jsx or .jsxbin) to launch.
MENU : set the exact name of any menu item you want to call. For example : Time-Reverse Keyframes.
OS : Any Operating System command you can run into your terminal can be set here. For example calc (on Windows) or open -a Calculator (on Mac) would start the calculator.
* Buttons Icon : You can assign a custom image icon to each button. You can create your own icons or download a free icon pack below. All icons will be downloaded and saved into the config file. When you export the config file (xml) for use on another machine all the icons will be included so no need to keep the .png files. The buttons size can be set to any size you like, but it is a good idea for it to match the size of your icons.
* Import/Export : you can import and export the config file to set the same configuration on several computer or for making backups
* Configuration file path (xml) : you can set the path of the saved config file (xml) anywhere you want. (ie. to a dropbox folder to keep all your computer sync with the same config). The config file will include encoded versions of any custom icons.
My tutorial for AETuts+ is finally out !!
It covers Time Remapping, Waveform to keyframe conversion, expression, … I got really inspired by watching all those reels from motion designer or filmmaker with music most of the time from Hecq. I was wondering how they did their editing and cuts, so I came up with this idea. I don’t know if it’s the way they did it, but this is my approach.
Finally the new Open Movie Project as been announce !!! Named Durian, it seems that it is going to be Heroic/Fantasy style, maybe Anime look like. Not what I prefer, but I do think that this ambitious project will, no matter what, give a huge step to blender, and will bring it to the next level. I’m really interesting about this project and I wish to be part of it, so I think I’ll apply, at least give it a try !
I was just watching a “Background Fundamentals” Fxphd course, which was talking about salary of creative jobs in the world. And a woman called Teresa Hall from “Muse Careers” was interviewed to answer some of the commons questions we are all asking ourselves.
Anyway I thought I would share with you the link to there website which look really interesting.
At MUSE CAREERS, we promote Creative Artists to global organisations within the creative, entertainment, media and design industries.
The Muse Careers Online Database is a visual aid to the recruitment process. Our unique service gives global clients instant access to Creative’s Showreels. Our Online Database has been specifically designed to ensure speedy turnaround of the selection process, from start to finish.
I just read this book which talk about … well I guess the title is obvious enough !
It’s really nice book to read, short, simple, but give you so much cool advice about, how to be creative, how to take risk and initiative, how to be confident, mostly how to work you’re way through your career and getting the best out of it no matter what.
I really recommend this one, I’m not quite a reader, but I got this one done in a couple hours !!!